ELDRIDGE: District 22 Update

Memorial Bridges, Courtesy Patrol
By WV Delegate Jeff Eldridge, (D-22nd)

Jeff Eldridge

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, House Bill 2007 was passed by the House; it has been sent to the Senate for Further Consideration. This bill eliminates the courtesy patrol and states that the remaining funds, about $4 million be transferred to the State Road Fund. The courtesy patrol removes hazards from roadways, provides gas, provides directions, changes flat tires, and enhances the safety of state highways. The passage of this bill will do away with about 90 jobs. The courtesy patrol are the eyes and the ears on the road when an Amber Alert is sent out. If the program is eliminated, the state police will handle courtesy patrol duties, which would keep them from their law enforcement duties.

This week Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, introduced HB 3008, which will eliminate county school board systems and create ten school districts. He said the districts would be about the size of Kanawha County. Schools in each district would share buses and food services. He said other states operate on the district system. It would allow students to go to the school nearest to them.

Walters said he began drafting this bill in June. It requires six years of implementation and would save $300 million. It would also eliminate RESAs. The Board would be a District Board and have about seven members on it.

Several resolutions have been introduced to honor those who have served in our armed forces. Delegate Maynard and I are sponsors for HCR 37, which names a bridge over the CSX Railroad in Putnam County the U.S. Army SPC 4 William L. Amos Memorial Bridge. Amos was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Medial, and the National Defense Medal. I am the lead sponsor for HCR 47 and Delegate Maynard is a co-sponsor. The resolution names the road beginning at Sand Creek Road on County Route 10/15 at the bend of the Guyandotte River and State Route 10 running ½ mile on Sand Creek Road in Lincoln County the U.S. Army CPL Wilson Lambert, Jr. Memorial Road. Lambert was born in Lincoln County and was injured in Korea in 1952. He received a Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. After service, he returned to West Virginia, where he died in 2011. HCR 19 names a portion of West Virginia Route 36 in Lincoln County the U.S. Army PFC Freeman Ray Meade Memorial Road. Meade was killed in action in Korea in 1950. I am the lead sponsor for HCR 56, with Delegate Maynard as a co-sponsor. The resolution names a portion of Harts Creek road beginning at the mouth of Harts Creek down 1.2 miles the U.S. Army CPL George Browning Memorial Road.

If anyone needs to get in contact with me, here is my information: 304-3403113, jeff.eldridge@wvhouse.gov, and Room 230E, Building 1, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305.